Who is the problem, me or the character? - Centro Dramático Nacional

Who is the problem, me or the character?

Alfredo Sanzol Aimed at: Performance by Dramático Professionals

16-19 MAY 2023 from 10 am to 2 pm Full details of the workshop will be sent by email when the registration period opens and only to Dramático Professionals related to the professional profile of the workshop, in this case, performance.



After listening to the difficulties and doubts regarding the construction of characters expressed by actors during rehearsals, I came to realise (with some surprise) that these challenges and questions form part of the action experienced by the character. It would seem that actors may experience first-hand their character’s struggle in realising their dreams and start to question their ability to perform in the way that their character (supposedly) would reflect on their own existence if they could hear them. In this workshop, I would like to explore the strange symbiosis between the actor’s inner voice and the voice of the character, starting with written texts as a basis for improvising and exploring the voices and emotions that invade an actor’s imagination to exercise consciousness in creation while leaving space for the unconscious.


Alfredo Sanzol

Alfredo Sanzol

Playwright and theatre director with a degree in Law from the University of Navarra and in Stage Direction from the RESAD. His work is characterised by its humour, the stylistic inventiveness with which it examines issues relating to his personal experiences and circumstances, and by his commitment to research into new dramatic structures. With a profound knowledge of theatrical craft, throughout his career he has alternated directing his own texts with adaptations of repertory plays.

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With a career that began more than twenty years ago with Steven Berkoff’s Greek (1999), a new phase in his career opened with his role as director of the Centro Dramático Nacional in January 2020. Many of his works have premiered in INAEM venues, including the Centro Dramático Nacional, the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico, and the Teatro de la Zarzuela. He has written and directed stage productions such as Risas y Destrucción (2007), Sí, pero no lo soy (2008), Delicadas (2010), Días estupendos (2010), En la luna (2011), Aventura! (2012), La calma mágica (2014), La valentía (2018),  and others he has adapted and directed, including La cabeza del Bautista (2009), Esperando a Godot (2013), Luces de bohemia (2018), La dama boba (2017) and El barberillo de Lavapiés (2019).

As director of the Centro Dramático Nacional he has premiered Macbeth (2020), El bar que se tragó a todos los españoles (2021) and El Golem (2022).

Sanzol won the National Dramatic Literature Prize in 2016 for his play La respiración and the 12th Valle-Inclán Theatre Prize in 2017 for La ternura. He has been distinguished with the Theatre Award of the Community of Madrid and with an Honour from the Government of Navarre for his professional career. He has won eight Max Awards for the Performing Arts, including five as Best Author and three for Best Show.